Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Seminole Patchwork Dolls

A friendly Yahoo group to which we belong recently posted a link to a page with a photo essay about the making of Seminole dolls.

It is a fascinating subject and a fascinating presentation.

There was one aspect missing, however.

I write about that below.

"It is fascinating to watch Seminole doll makers build the palmetto torsos that underly the dolls exterior. Especially because, other than the base, the palmetto body is almost never seen.

It is the Seminole costume that is the most visible part of the doll and, in many ways, the most significant part.

So I was surprised that the Florida Memory project, with its splendid photo essay, totally ignores one of the most significant parts of Seminole material culture and the costumes prepared for the dolls...."

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